Blogging Anniversary

January 1st was not only the beginning of 2015, but also the date of my blogging anniversary on this space. On the first day of 2012, I decided to begin Colline’s Blog with the aim of writing on a range of topics. Sitting down to write was my New Year’s resolution that year – and it is one resolution that I have kept for three years now. As I move into my fourth year of blogging on this space, I think back on what I have achieved so far.

I have certainly made many blogger friends – and these are people I enjoy communicating with. I enjoy the comments they make on my blog and, when I am able, I enjoy reading the posts that they have created. During the past year (2014), I passed the 1000 mark for WordPress followers. I also had my busiest day on my blog – 280 visitors! I could not quite believe this number when I saw it and was curious to know the post that had attracted so much attention. The post, A Voortrekker Display, was one I had created aboutΒ a museum I had visited with my children when in South Africa.

A few of my older posts still get viewed. To this day Our Need for Shelter, which was written in April 2012, still gets views. Not surprisingly, this post has the most comments (72 in total). In May 2013, I wrote a note to my mom (A Mother’s Day Note), and that post has a total of 43 comments. And my third-viewed post of all time – my recipe on Baked Salmon with Basil and Parsley.

This past year I have also written on one topic for a total of 31 days. It was challenging to do this on so many levels: I had to think back into the past and dig deep to re-experience emotions; and I had to express in words experiences that I had not often spoken about. I tried my best to avoid repetition and yet stay true to my experience of moving to another country.

Processed with RookieDuring this year I also began my Gratitude Project. My aimΒ is to blog each week on something I am grateful for. Having an attitude of gratitude helps one, I believe, to think positively in one’s life – and helps with one’s feeling of contentment. Thinking of things that I am grateful for has not been as difficult as I thought it would be; and reading other people’s gratitude posts has shown me even more things I have to be grateful for.

Near the end of the year, I made the decision to make my blog a .com address. I have done so to show my commitment to my blog – and to see whether it will make any difference to the traffic on the blog. I have not yet seen any difference.

As I move into my fourth year of blogging, I look forward to more writing and sharing of photos – and to more communication with people I have come to know through this medium. Blogging is one New Year’s resolution I do not regret making; and one I hope to follow through with again during 2015.

What were your blogging highlights during 2014?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

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68 thoughts on “Blogging Anniversary

  1. Fantastic achievement Colline, I have enjoyed getting to know you over this time. I don’t remember when I discovered your blog, but I am glad I did. Wonderful work. My favourite was the Migrating North, I enjoyed that so much and missed it when they stopped. Congratulations.

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  2. Congratulations dear Colline and Happy Anniveersary, it was a wonderful year that we shared together in here. I love your blog and you are one of my beautiful blogger friends. Best Wishes for this new year, 2015! Love, nia

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  3. My third blogging anniversary is coming up in April and I’m hoping by then that I will also have over 1000 followers. I’m pretty close now. Congratulations on achieving so many milestones. I enjoy reading about your kindergarten class and I’ve enjoyed the posts on your journey to Canada. Looking forward to more great posts in 2015. Carol

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    1. Thank you Carol. It is quite an achievement, isn’t it, to reach 1000 followers. When I started blogging, I did not think that so many people would be interested in my posts.

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  4. You have done so well with your blog! Congrats! You mentioned that the .com did not really have an effect on your success. I am curious about twitter and facebook as far as contributing to your stats. Do you think they make a significant difference?
    Highlights for me are always the response and communication from other bloggers. Such a supportive audience to write for. One specific highlight was when a photographer named Steve Huff gave me permission to use one of his images for a poem I wrote about the homeless called “The Most Humble”. It took me along time to find a photo for this poem that is very dear to my heart.
    Best wishes in 2015! Keep writing, Colline..I always enjoy your blog. πŸ™‚

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    1. I have found Twitter to be really fickle – people follow and then unfollow me within days. I have connected with some bloggers on Twitter and that has helped me keep in touch with their postings as sometimes they do not come up on my WordPress reader.
      As for Facebook – my posts are not often seen as I do not pay Facebook any fees to ensure my posts are seen.
      I believe that most of the readers of my posts either get email notification or they find me on their WordPress reader.

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  5. Congratulations, Colline! I have enjoyed meeting you, your class, and your family through your blog.
    I’m glad you made that new year’s resolution. And happy .com. I’ve always wondered about that. I’ll be interested in hearing about how that goes.

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    1. The .com address is a new acquisition and I still need to see whether it makes any difference. So far there is none – but as it is still new, that is to be expected.

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  6. This is truly an awesome achievement Colline. Congrats hon! I do love to visit your blog and read your interesting and well written articles and stories. You are one of the best writers I know. πŸ˜€ β™₯ Hugs β™₯

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  7. Happy anniversary, Colline! I have wondered about your domaine, and now you have answered my question. Has the school started already? I hope you are well rested for the next semester. Thank you for all the sharing in 2014. The last days of 2014 I have assembled a B&W Sunday page and made a sub-page with participants photos – you are there πŸ™‚ I am thankful for blogger friends like you.

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    1. We begin today Paula – and in five minutes I will be leaving home to begin the day πŸ™‚
      Now I am off to see your new page – what an great idea. Now it will be easier to find other bloggers and admire their work.

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  8. Well done! I like how you summarise your achievements here and think I’ll have a go likewise as it will help shape what my next year of blogging will be.
    I do enjoy calling in and reading your stuff, not as often as I’d like, but know that you understand about that. I really enjoy getting to know you and other people all over the world through their blogs.
    All the very best to you for 2015. πŸ™‚

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  9. Many congrats Colline! I like the way you write about many interesting and thought provoking subjects. I’d like to know if upgrading to a .com address helps your blog traffic- I guess it will be a while before you know. Good luck this year. πŸ™‚

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  10. Many congrats on your 3 years, Colline! Yours is always a friendly space to visit and I, too, have enjoyed learning about your background. Are you maybe thinking to write a book one day and honing your writing skills one here? You’re doing a great job, whether or no πŸ™‚
    I’m always interested when new people come to my blog but it is very much a double edged sword. The more people arrive, the harder it is to keep up! And still the number of consistent commenters compared to the number of followers is very low. We all seem to operate within a particular circle and it’s quite hard to reach beyond it to a new audience.

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    1. Writing a book is one that I am thinking of doing Jo. I just need to think on and follow through with a story.
      You are right about the followers Jo. I had found though that if I write certain posts, the are certain followers who will comment only on those πŸ™‚

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  11. Happy blogerversery Colline. Best wishes for continued success with your blogging efforts. I love stopping by and reading your latest posts. You have done a tremendous job creating a highly interesting blog.

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  12. Congratulations Colline . Quite an achievement . It’s been lovely following your posts , I too have enjoyed your Migrating North series , but also your views on family life and your girls growing up .
    All the best for lots more to come πŸ™‚

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  13. congratulations on another year of blogging, Colline. happy blogiversary πŸ™‚
     
    some great achievements. i really enjoyed your ‘migrating north’ series, and while real world commitments prevent me from visiting daily visits to everyone’s blogs that i enjoy, i did make it a point to catch up on all of those. they were so well done, and i am sure they will prove to be a big help to others who have moved to another culture more out of necessity rather than by choice. very courageous. thanks for sharing.
     
    i am approaching my 4th anniversary at pix & kardz later this year. hard to believe how time flies πŸ™‚
     
    regarding my own blogging experience in 2014? i challenged myself with the ‘alphabet games 2014’, where all the letters of the alphabet inspired a post every couple of weeks, in random order. am happy to say that even ‘X’ and ‘Q’ had a turn. it was lots of fun, and spreading it out over the year made it entirely doable, even with a busy schedule.
     
    thanks again & happy blogging in 2015!

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    1. I am trying to get comfortable using twitter Frizz. I have found it is a great way to catch posts of my favourite bloggers if I miss them on my WordPress reader πŸ™‚
      And thank you for adding me to your Inspiring Persons list.

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